Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

Bowl of salad
This colorful Cranberry Spinach Salad and Creamy Citrus Dressing came from my mom and was a delightful hit at our family’s Christmas celebration.

Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

The dressing is just about perfect in my estimation–citrusy, light, yet creamy-tasting. A simple mix of baby spinach, dried cranberries, feta or goat cheese crumbles, and some toasted pecans was complemented well by the Creamy Citrus Dressing. Honestly, this is my favorite kind of salad–one that is topped with fruit, some good cheese, toasted nuts, and an interesting dressing.

Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing in white bowl

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this is a darn good salad recipe that my mom passed on to me!

Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

Cranberry Spinach Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

Spinach Cranberry Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 large salads or 8 side salads 1x


Spinach, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and toasted pecans are the perfect winter salad match for this light and delicious Creamy Citrus Dressing.


Creamy Citrus Dressing:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Spinach Cranberry Salad:

  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese or feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


Creamy Citrus Dressing:

  1. Pour all ingredients in a mason jar. Close lid tightly and shake until combined. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Spinach Cranberry Salad:

  1. Toss all ingredients together. Voila!


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  1. Oh! I needed this last night and I’m just reading it today! LOL I literally threw together some spinach and cranberries and almonds last night and tried to whip up a quick vinagrette but it turned out wayyyyy too tangy. Rachel to the rescue! Thanks!

    • Rachel says

      Darn! Well, I hope this one fits the bill next time, Martha.